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Yonah/Jonah 1:1 - 4:11
Michah/Micah 7:18 - 20

Yonah/Jonah - Chapter 1

1 And the Word of HASHEM came to Jonah son of Amittai saying,  2 "Arise! Go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out to her, for their wickedness has ascended before Me. "  3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from before HASHEM'S Presence. He went down to Jaffo and found a Tarshish-bound ship; he paid its fare, and boarded it to travel with them to Tarshish from before HASHEM'S Presence.

4 Then HASHEM cast a mighty wind toward the sea and it became such a mighty tempest in the sea that the ship threatened to be broken up.  5 The sailors became frightened and cried out each to his own god; they cast the ship's wares overboard to lighten it for them. But Jonah had descended to one of the ship's holds and had lain down and fallen fast asleep.

6 The captain approached him, and said to him, "How can you sleep so soundly? Arise! Call to your God. Perhaps God will pay us mind and we will not perish. "

7 Then they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots that we may determine on whose account this calamity is upon us. " So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.  8 They said to him, "Tell us, now; in regard to whom has this calamity befallen us? What is your trade? And from where do you come? What is your land? And of what people are you?"

9 He said to them, "I am an Ivri and HASHEM, the God of the Heavens, do I fear, Who made the sea and the dry land. "

10 The men were seized with great fear and they asked him, "What is this that you have done?" For the men knew that it was from before HASHEM 's Presence that he was fleeing, for he had so told them.  11 They said to him, "What must we do to you that the sea subside from upon us? — for the sea grows stormier. "

12 He said to them, "Pick me up and heave me into the sea and the sea will calm down for you, for know that it is because of me that this terrible storm is upon you. "  13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to the shore, but they could not, because the sea was growing stormier upon them.

14 Then they called out to HASHEM, and said, "O, please HASHEM, let us not now perish on account of this man's soul and do not reckon it to us as innocent blood, for You, HASHEM, as You wished so have You done. "  15 And they picked up Jonah and heaved him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.  16 Then the men feared HASHEM greatly and they offered a sacrifice to HASHEM and took vows.

Chapter 2

1 Then HASHEM designated a large fish to swallow Jonah and Jonah remained in the fish's belly three days and three nights.  2 Jonah prayed to HASHEM, his God, from the fish's belly.

3 He said, "I called, in my distress, to HASHEM, and He answered me; from the belly of the lower-world I cried out — You heard my voice.

4 You cast me into the depth, in the heart of the seas, the never whirled around me, all of Your breakers and waves swept over me.

5 Then I thought 'I was driven from Your sight, ' but — I will gaze again at Your Holy Temple!

6 Waters encompassed me to the soul, the deep whirled around me, weeds were tangled about my head.

7 To the bases of the mountains did I sink; the earth — its bar against me forever; yet, You lifted my life from the pit, HASHEM, my God.

8 While my soul was faint within me, I remembered HASHEM; my prayer came to You, to Your Holy Temple.

9 Guarding utter futilities, they forsake their kindness.

10 But as for me, with a voice of gratitude will I bring offerings to You; what I have vowed I will fulfill, for salvation is Hashem's."

11 Then Hashem addressed the fish and it spewed Jonah out to the dry land.

Chapter 3

1 And the Word of Hashem came to Jonah a second time, saying,  2 "Arise! Go to Nineveh that great city, and cry out to her the proclamation which I tell you."  3 So Jonah rose up and went to Nineveh, in accordance with God's word; now Nineveh was an enormously large city, a three day's journey.  4 Jonah commenced to enter the city the distance of one day's journey, then he proclaimed and said, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be overturned!"  5 And the people of Nineveh had faith in God, so they proclaimed a fast and donned sackcloth, from their great to their small.  6 When the matter reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne and removed his robe from upon himself; he covered himself with sackcloth and sat on ashes.  7 And he had it promulgated and declared throughout Nineveh, "By the counsel of the king and his nobles, the following - Man and beast, herd and flock, shall not taste anything; they shall neither graze nor drink water.  8 They are to cover themselves with sackcloth — both man and beast — and let them call out mightily to God; each person is to turn back from his evil way, and from the robbery which is in their hands.  9 He who knows — let him repent and God will be relentful; He will turn away from His burning wrath so that we perish not."  10 And God saw their deeds, that they repented from their evil way; and God relented concerning the calamity He had said He would bring upon them and did not act.

Chapter 4

1 This displeased Jonah greatly and it grieved him.  2 He prayed to Hashem, and said, "Please Hashem, was this not my contention when I was still on my own soil? I therefore had hastened to flee to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, and relentful of punishment.  3 So now Hashem, please take my life from me, for better is my death than my life."

4 And Hashem said, "Are you that deeply grieved?"

5 Jonah left the city and stationed himself at the east of the city; he made himself a booth there, and sat under it in the shade until he would see what would occur in the city.

6 Then Hashem/Elohim, God, designated a kikayon, which rose up above Jonah to form a shade over his head to relieve him from his discomfort; and Jonah rejoiced greatly over the kikayon.  7 Then God designated a worm at the dawn of the morrow and it attacked the kikayon so that it withered.  8 And it happened that when the sun rose God designated a stifling east wind; the sun beat upon Jonah's head and he became faint; he asked for death saying, "Better is my death than my life!"

9 And God said to Jonah, "Are you so deeply grieved about the kikayon?" And he said, "I am greatly grieved to the point of death."

10 Hashem said, "You took pity on the kikayon for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow; which materialized overnight and perished overnight.  11 And I — shall I not take pity upon Nineveh that great city, in which there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right from their left, and many beasts [as well]?"

Michah/Micah - Chapter 7

18 Who, O God, is like You, Who pardons iniquity and overlooks transgression for the remnant of His heritage? Who has not retained His wrath eternally, for He desires kindness.  19 He will again be merciful to us; He will suppress our iniquities. And cast into the depths of the sea all their sins.  20 Grant truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, as You swore to our forefathers from ancient times.

 


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